Social Media 's Influence On Public Opinion And Attitudes

967 Words Oct 27th, 2014 4 Pages
One in every 278 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. (What is Cerebral Palsy) This is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth. Most of the time, symptoms of cerebral palsy are exaggerated reflexes, floppiness of limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteadiness of walking, or a combination of these. Individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy have varying levels of functional abilities, for example some are able to walk while others require assistance of a wheelchair.
Media, such as television, radio, newspapers, magazines, the internet, and social media play a crucial role in influencing public opinion and attitudes. A choice of words, an image, or a message may determine perceptions, attitudes, or behaviors of society. These forms of media can also determine what does and does not matter to individuals and the world that surrounds them. The way disabled people are portrayed and how often they appear in media has a huge impact on the way they are treated in society. Disabled people rarely appear as part of popular media programs. When they make their appearance they generally are stereotyped, and may appear as pitiable or a “super crip”. Media has the power to portray people with disabilities with dignity and respect, by promoting this image of people with disabilities we will result in a more inclusive and tolerant society. Disabled individuals make up…
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